drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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I can’t believe that I actually purchased this tea in August and have only gotten around to trying it now. I think I pretty much bought out much of the store when I first discovered David’s, and then quickly learned about the nine million other fabulous tea companies out there and then bought everything I could find in a frenzied rush. So yeah, I hadn’t tried this one until today. In the bag, this smells pleasant, but had I not known this was cranberry pear (and I often don’t, given that people don’t make, like, talking or Braille labels) I wouldn’t have guessed that this tea had either cranberry or pear in it. But yeah, smelled nice. A bit odd, but nice. When I scooped a heaping spoonful into my cup, I realized that this tea’s got a lot of dried fruit in it, which some may love but I found a bit dismaying. I like the magic to be in the leaves if possible, because, I don’t know, I worry that fruit alone can’t really…flavour hot water all that well. So i scooped in some more tea bits and settled down to let it brew.

You know, I liked this tea more than I expected to. It sort of has a vague, sweet, almost almondy feel to it (or maybe I was just imagining that), and perhaps the delicate flavours were overwhelmed by my usual cream and sugar, but I could not detect the black base at all, which is almost always a shame. It tasted decent enough, although certainly a bit one-dimensional. I may or may not finish out the package, but I know someone else will in the event that I don’t.

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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